BMW i1 Coming?

NOV 8 2014 BY STAFF 8

BMW i2, i6, i7, iQ Get Rendered - Don't See An i1 There

BMW i2, i6, i7, iQ Get Rendered – Don’t See i1 There

BMW i Line To Include i1?

BMW i Line To Include i1?

BMW insider who goes by the handle of Scott27 mentioned the possibility of the i sub-brand to produce a fully electric vehicle to sit below the BMW i3. Dubbed, BMW i1 (no idea why not i2), the even smaller electric city car will be the counterpart of the MINI Rocketman electric vehicle.

Following the BMW i philosophy in design and construction, the BMW i1 is said to arrive before 2020. While the rumor seems somewhat plausible, we believe that a car slotted below the i3 won’t see production in this decade.

BMW is already running incentives to move the i3, a car with the most common complaints being the fairly short driving range and interior space. So an i1 would certainly have a smaller battery to keep the weight down and therefore a shorter range. The cabin space might also be considered below the BMW standards.

*Editor’s Note: This post appears on BMWBLOG.  Check it out here.

We believe that in the next few years, the i sub-brand will size up, vehicles like the i5 or i9 are closer to reality than the i1. Even a potential i crossover makes more sense to bring to market in order for BMW to stay relevant and bring the fight to segment’s darling, Tesla.

By the end of the decade, we also anticipate an improved version of the BMW i3, with new battery technology and extended range. With a $2 billion investment alone in the i3, the Munich-based automaker has and will continue to make the small city car the pinnacle of the brand.

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Tom Moloughney

It wouldn’t surprise me. Nearly four years ago I wrote an article which showed early versions of CFRP passenger cells for possible i1 and i5 cars. BMW’s code name for the i3 was Megacity Vehicle (MCV), and the code name for the i1 was the Intracity vehicle (ICV) and the i5 was the Urban Commuter Vehicle (UCV).

I have no idea what the plan as far as schedule is, but they were indeed working on them. Here is a link to the article I did back in 2011:


Thanks for the insight.


Why does the i1 look Much Better then the i3?


FYI — Scott27’s posts have proven over the years to have a very high level of reliability, limited only by BMW themselves changing their minds.


Any news on the i5? Will it be a true four doors sedan with five seats? Something that would be the electric equivalent of the classic 5 series.


I’d like to know that as well. And when it comes, I hope it will have more range than the i3 and be less weird looking…


Previously it had been rumored that the i5 would be a stretched wheelbase i3. That has not been confirmed.


i1 would be 4 (or 5) doors, i2 would be 2 (or 3) doors, by bmw’s new naming convention, so it will be a odd number denoting doors.

I could evission the i1 being less expensive by being steel unibody, instead of cfrp. It would could look much like the 1 series, but carry the batteries as a structural element like the tesla model S, with the same rex option as the i3. That would add weight which would reduce range, but if most people end up buying a rex i3, that may be fine.